As Adam Jacobi posted yesterday, a hoax article that claimed two Oklahoma quarterbacks had been arrested for coacaine trafficking caught fire a couple days ago, spreading across the internet and prompting a wave of "it's a hoax!" stories.
Now the hoaxer is coming under legal threat from the entire state of Oklahoma. Landry Jones' dad:
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"I'm going to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. I've got deep enough pockets to do it."
Oklahoma's associate athletic director:
"We feel it's real unfortunate how many things have germinated from an anonymous starting point that are unfounded, untrue and, as this story proves, hurtful," Mossman said.
Now... wait just a damn minute here. This was parody, and it should have been clear to anyone with two brain cells to rub together.
The original article's been pulled, but a little googling digs it up on various message boards. This is the final paragraph:
This is a big flashing "it's a joke" sign. Also, this was the URL:
Here's a tip for anyone working in radio: unmasked IPs are not credible news sources.
Only the carelessness of various media outlets turned this into anything other than yet another fake-story-with-real-template that gets posted on various message boards and is immediately followed by six guys saying "hoax"; this guy should get a medal or something.